Magic Jewball

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On March 19, 2007
At 12:00 am
Comments : 23

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year… no, I take that back, it’s easy. It’s been a long strange year and really, I feel like I’ve had this blog for the last five years at the very least. But one year ago today, I went to and found it took less than a minute to set up a blog leaving me way too much time and forcing me to actually write something. I had been threatening to start a blog for a long time and pretty much everyone told me not to. I knew why; they felt like they’d then have to be polite and read it. After assuring everyone in my life that I would not be one of those “I see you haven’t read my blog lately” types and assuring them that they’d now receive fewer of my long-winded stories in real life, my friends were a lot more encouraging.

Here are a few stats from the last year:

Posts: 153
Comments: 2,101
Day with the most visitors: move to my own domain/redesign, July 3, 2006
Post with the most comments: Reader of the Month – October! (although to be fair, she commented a lot herself)
First post with photos: Drew and Hugh and You, April 20, 2006
First post with Napster Link: And while we’re talking about subways, May 1, 2006
Top 5 Countries: US, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, France
Top 5 US States: New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida
Most popular search terms: tennis players + Jewish (but if you’ve been reading a while you knew that)
Most popular picture search: Paul Banks
Current commenter with the longest commenting history: KP
Lurker with the most visits: Algonac, Michigan – I’d love to know who you are!

I’ve only had to delete about 10 comments, mostly because people I know inadvertently revealed personal information I didn’t want on the Internets and only twice because the comments were offensive. I got my first hate letter yesterday, just making it in under the deadline! I’ve had to block two people, one for a personal situation and one was yesterday’s letter-writer. In related news, I also got my first Digg this weekend, thanks, JF!

So back to my first post. It’s kind of funny to me now, but it was called I don’t read your blog; will you read mine?. I mean, at the time, I didn’t. I didn’t know what an RSS reader was and I wouldn’t have cared because I just didn’t read anyone’s blog. But now I do! I have like 30 blogs on my Google Reader and I read them all faithfully (if you haven’t seen me on your blog lately, I’m still reading, don’t worry). This has probably been the biggest change since then with regards to blogging; I’m a blog-reader as well as a writer.

So why did I start this blog? One day, long ago (that is, I can’t remember exactly when), I went to see two shows two days in a row. The first was Interpol at Radio City, a big, boring, soulless concert and the second was the Finn Brothers which was in a tiny venue, with lots of laughter, intimacy, and connection between the band and the audience. It was kind of like seeing a show by your old friends in your living room. I wrote a long e-mail to my friend who had gotten me the Finn Brothers tickets and his entire response was, “Glad you had a good time.” I knew someone out there would have enjoyed the story more.

Then, later, came the transit strike (that one I remember, December 2005). Each morning I would walk over to West 96th to where cars had to have at least four passengers to go further south and I’d get into some stranger’s car and get a ride as close as possible to work. On each corner there were swarms of cops and TV satellite trucks. It just felt surreal and each day I’d have a new story (the car I rode in with the burly construction guys who didn’t speak English, the one with the Riverdale Mom driving her kids to school who turned out to have had my cousin as their teacher). That was when I really knew I wanted a blog. But somehow it still took me three more months.

After re-reading that first post I think I finally started one late that night because I discovered that the guy I had dated in college, whom I thought I would marry and live happily ever after with, had a blog and I really hated it. It was really political and dogmatic and right-wing. It made me feel both happy that I hadn’t spent my life with him and determined to do a fun blog that would take people’s minds off of politics for a few minutes.

The blog has changed in some ways as I strive not to repeat myself and in other ways is pretty much the same. Many people change their blog theme (that’s the design, for you non-bloggers) a lot but once I got this one, I pretty much stopped. Some of my friends thought I should after some personal things happened surrounding it and they were probably right, but to me, it’s the most beautiful thing on the Internet. Every time I open my browser to this site I’m still overwhelmed by the beauty and perfection of it. When I see it in thumbnail on someone else’s site, I love its quiet minimalism and feel proud that it’s my blog. I still tweak it every now and then, kind of the way I did with my bedroom when I was a kid. I’m a little obsessed with the way my site looks, I know. Just be thankful I don’t have two sidebar columns of bright flashing banners. And still no ads!

Anyway, I am, as always, thankful to my readers, commenters, and linkers. Don’t forget to have the traditional Blogoversary beer! You know, the tradition I just started. But hey, now it just wouldn’t be a Blogoversary without one.

Check out the iPod Song of the Week for my blog’s new theme song. But this one fits the post better and it’s one of those cheerful Cure songs that make you want to kill yourself in a haze of saturated color.
The Cure – Anniversary


23 Comments for this post

  1. Shark says:

    I don’t have any beer, but I’ll hoist my glass of club soda. Happy blogaversary!

  2. EmeraldMPH says:

    A great year! Cheers!

  3. Sarpon says:

    Drat. I could have had a beer if I’d only read this when it was first posted. I was even awake then, and perhaps a beer would have helped me fall asleep. Why don’t I listen to you? Why, oh why?

    Happy bogaversary. Thank you for blogging, so we don’t have to.

  4. Becca says:

    Thanks, Shark, thanks, Em!

    Sarpon, I didn’t have my beer yet either. It didn’t go with the Ambien I knew I’d be taking shortly after the post was written. But there’s still plenty of time!

    BTW, I saw Algonac this morning. No outing, damn.

  5. Pious B says:

    Until 120, my friend. Long may you reign!

  6. KP says:

    Woohoo! I made the list and it had nothing to do with my cupcakes!

    Happy Anniversary my dear friend. It is with great love and joy that I wish you many more years of witty and often provocative blogging. You have been a huge part of some of my best memories from this past year and I hope to share many more good times with you in the coming year and beyond (hopefully they will be blogworthy).

    If I ever leave this state again that is.

    P.S. The iPod song of the week reminded me of the Pixies CD that I seem to have lost. If you have an extra one, pass it along. TIA!!

  7. Becca says:

    Pi, just promise not to sing, “Hello, Becca!” at my 100th. TIA!

    KP, right back atcha and thanks for being such a big part of the JBall! And not just with comments but inspiring so many fun posts. And to paraphrase my mother, what do you think I am, made of Pixies CD’s?

  8. KP says:

    Awww shucks, thanks Bec. I totally can not moisturize without thinking of you and Brandon Flowers.

    Next you’ll tell me that Pixies CDs don’t grow on trees either.

  9. Congrats!! One year is a long time, I am not even at 3 months yet and there are days I feel burned out. In February I almost gave up (yeah, one month in, what dedication) because I felt no one was reading, that was the day I got my first Gawker link which re-energized me for awhile. But I will be surprised if I make it to this historic date. Good Work!!!

  10. Becca says:

    They do, KP, except that that kind of tree doesn’t grow on this planet.

    Thanks, Mid. I’ve never gotten a Gawker nod. They must hate me. But guest-posting on TIWWDN really boosted the stats. Then, of course, the guest post right before mine got the Gawker link.

  11. Soxy says:

    (I’m just chcking to make sure I haven’t been blocked)

    Just kidding! Happy Blogaversary! I’m out of beer, but I opened a bag of tortilla chips in your honor. The bag has 16 servings, so they should keep me going for an hour or so.

  12. Paige says:

    Happy Blogaversary! Looking forward to another year!

  13. Lisatagio says:

    All Hail Becca, Queen of the Blogosphere!

  14. Becca says:

    You guys are the best readers ever!

    PS, I won’t be blocking Soxy until baseball season starts.

  15. Sarpon says:

    I burn with desire to read the hate letter. I’ve been trying to think of anything Becca has bloggited which could have caused anyone in their right mind to take umbrage. A particularly sensitive NY mass transit worker, perhaps?

  16. Alfa says:

    Who could hate darling Becca? Especially on her Blogaversary?

  17. Becca says:

    It was the jury duty post. Who knew people were so attached to Sbarro?

    But now it can be revealed: there are some really, really insane people on the Internets. And not just the folks on JDate.

  18. Ms K says:

    Happy Blogaversary!

    Love, your newest GDT blog reader convert. 🙂

  19. Guesswho says:

    I would have understood. I’m glad you’re still using it, because it’s yours, not mine. Keep writing bullshits, you’re too good. Joyeux anniversaire à la boule magique juive.

  20. Becca says:

    Ms K, thanks and welcome!

    Guess, why I have no idea, could you give me more hints? But seriously, merci beaucoup.

  21. Supermom says:

    Happy belated Blogoversary from NJ

  22. Becca says:

    My #3 state! Thanks 🙂

  23. RN says:

    Late Happy Anniversary!

    And I must say, I only commented back to the fans.

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